The resolution passed unanimously, and the sanctions include a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion. That will deeply cut into the regime’s cash flow, as their coal exports account for nearly $3 billion annually.
President Trump spoke with South Korea’s President regarding the sanctions, and he was pleased with the results.
Just completed call with President Moon of South Korea. Very happy and impressed with 15-0 United Nations vote on North Korea sanctions.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2017
Of course, the petulant tyrant north of the 38th parallel is not happy about this, so he and his fellow autocrats are threatening retaliation “thosuands-fold” in response to the sanctions.
Read: another nuclear threat.
Fox News reports that after the sanctions were placed in response to the regime’s latest ICMB test, and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson once again warned the regime to halt their nuclear program, Kim Jung-Un and his comrades lashed out:
The dictatorship’s official KCNA news agency described the recent sanctions as “crimes” that were a “violent violation of our sovereignty” and a “heinous plot to isolate and stifle” the communist country.
North Korea, which consistently threatens to send “gift packages” to the U.S., vowed to take “righteous actions” that would make America pay “thousands of times.”
The fiery response from the nation came in the face of the sanctions and as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson demanded the rogue nation halt its missile tests so the U.S. and North Korea could start negotiations.
UN Ambassador Nikki Haley called the sanctions “the single largest economic sanctions package ever leveled against the North Korean regime” and “the most stringent set of sanctions on any country in a generation.”
She told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures:
“What we basically did was kicked them in the stomach, told them to stop and told them they are not going to put up with it anymore and the ball is now in North Korea’s court. They have a big decision to make. They can either respond by pulling back and said that they’re not going to be part of this reckless activity anymore, or they can see where it goes and we’ll continue to keep up the strength and keep up the activity to make sure that we stop them.”
Additionally, China finally has called on its neighbor to stop their program, something that the international community has been seeking for many months. It is a big victory for the Trump administration, one desperately needed in addressing the genocidal threats coming from North Korea.